News Wrap: Russia to allow inspectors into occupied nuclear plant

In our news wrap Saturday, Russia has said international inspectors will be allowed into the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Islamic militants stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital in a deadly terror attack, the Supreme Court sided with Black voters in a dispute over Georgia election rules, and a federal judge ruled that Sen. Lindsey Graham must appear before a special grand jury next week in Atlanta.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    And we start tonight in Ukraine where there is international concerns surrounding Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia. The plant which is under Russian control has seen artillery shelling nearby, prompting fears of a nuclear catastrophe. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he would allow international inspectors into the plant, though he would not say how soon.

    Meantime, Russian authorities say a drone was shot down at the headquarters of its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea this morning. The latest in a series of strikes on the Russian occupied territory this week. No deaths have been reported.

    In the Somali capital of Mogadishu, armed Islamic militants stormed an upscale hotel in a deadly hours, long terror attack that began late last night. Bullet holes are riddled the exterior of the Hayat Hotel and the surrounding streets were strewn with debris. At least 20 people are dead and an unknown number of gunmen are still believed to be holed up atop the hotel. The Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab, which has ties with al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.

    And back here at home, as the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare emergency order last night siding with black voters who challenged Georgia's system of electing members to the state's public service commission, which regulates public utilities across that state. The High Court left the door open for another appeal. But the move was a rare example of the conservative court siding with voters over state officials in disputes regarding election rules. And a federal judge has ruled that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham must appear before a special Grand Jury next week in Atlanta. Graham had sought to avoid testifying and a probe into whether former president Donald Trump illegally tried to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.

    Graham's attorneys have argued that his calls to Georgia officials after the 2020 election were legislative activity. But Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in court filings that Graham's actions appear interconnected with Trump.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," in Michigan the debate over developing a proposed rocket launch site and the FDA's new rule allowing the sale of over the counter hearing aids.

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